COVID-19 UPDATE. Some elements of care may be funded by the NHS for a short time period following discharge from hospital. You should receive information about this, if it applies to you, as part of the discharge process.
If you are recovering from an illness or a stay in hospital you may need some help when you get home. This could be received from the Reablement Service. This could be practical help like getting in and out of bed, washing, dressing and making a meal, or helping you to get back on your feet again.
The hospital might arrange for you to have ‘intermediate care’, which is a health funded service and is to provide you with some short term support.
The Transfer of Care team, based in the hospital, would complete your assessment and referral for Reablement and any Technology Enabled Care that would support your discharge.
You can find out more about what happens if you need care and support when you leave hospital? in our What happens if you need care and support when you leave hospital? information leaflet
You may receive health funded intermediate care. You can find out more about paying for your own care and support when you leave hospital on our Paying for your own care and support when you leave hospital leaflet.
You can find out more on the Reablement page and the Assistive Technology pages.
Protecting property of adults being cared for away from home
Local authorities must take all reasonable steps to protect the moveable property of an adult with care and support needs who is being cared for away from home, in a hospital or in accommodation such as a care home, and who cannot arrange to protect their property themselves; this could include their pets as well as their personal property (for example, private possessions and furniture). Local authorities must act where it believes that if it does not take action there is a risk of moveable property being lost or damaged.
For example, protecting property may include arranging for pets to be looked after when securing premises for someone who is having their care and support needs provided away from home in a care home or hospital, and who has not been able to make other arrangements for the care of their home or pets.